This charter sets out to establish the rules of practice within the company Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network, in particular the deontological principles governing its operations. It applies to all its workers, founders or not, who undertake to strictly comply with the principles, regardless of their status in the company. It is binding on the parties and is annexed to the statute of Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network or any of its subsidiaries related to the exercise of journalism, including those created later. This charter is communicated to each employee at the time of joining the company, in print or electronic form. Any changes to this charter must be submitted to the Managing Editor, as defined in the company’s statute and in accordance with the provisions contained therein.
1. Key principles
Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network gives itself the primary obligation of producing quality information, treated in a rigorous, reliable and complete way. It considers public’s information as a right. The editorial independence of the company is the necessary condition for the achievement of its activities. It endorses the demand for freedom and independence from the state, financial powers, political, ideological and religious groups. The editorial department under the leadership of the Managing Editor, consulting with the Managing Director, as defined in the company’s statute, is the sole guardian and custodian of Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network editorial line. It does not submit to pressures and agrees to inform the public, via its website or in any other way it sees fit, of any attempt in this direction.
Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network does not publish nor perform any advertising, commercial or marketing communication, regardless of the form, with or without consideration, with the exception of promoting the company (or its subsidiaries) and the work carried out by its employees, or its collaborators as part of their collaboration with Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network (or its subsidiaries).Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network may, however, be required to participate in advocacy campaigns, limited in time, for the benefit of media partners or in the purpose of promoting or defending the rights associated with its activity or that of the news media.Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network also reserves the right to report to the public or its partners, by any means, any information or publication that it would deem worthy of interest.
All works carried out by Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network, through its employees or its collaborators, shall be signed, by either the full name of the author, possibly associated with the indication ” Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network ” or by a pseudonym of his or her choice. Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network will request to its partners and clients the presence of the signature to avoid the publication of unsigned works of its employees or collaborators.
The company is committed to providing its workers, to the extent of its resources, sufficient means in order to the independent exercise of their profession in accordance with the principles outlined in the first article of this charter.
5. Editorial committee
The editorial committee, composed in accordance with the provisions of the company’s statute, is to define and ensure the respect of Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network editorial line and of this charter. Its decisions are taken by consensus of its members in accordance with the company’s statute. The editorial committee can meet whatever the number of present members, but the presence of two-thirds of them at least, directly or via written and signed authority and under the conditions described below, is required for the validity of its decisions.The editorial committee may meet at any place and at any time, on convocation of one of its members. Its decisions are the result of the meeting, of a report signed by its members taken according to the majority rule established by the company’s statute. The editorial committee may also rule by any means of telecommunication for decisions which do not lead to definitive facts.They will in this case be ratified before taking their final effects by the nearest committee meeting or in a report signed by its members, under the same conditions as described above.
Decisions taken by the editorial committee must be transcribed in the records, signed by the present or represented members, in the majority requirements described in this article. Discussions that do not constitute decision making do not necessarily need to figure on the records.
The editorial committee may refuse any work or any command if it considers that their nature or their realization conditions could pose a deontological or ethical problem. It also has jurisdiction to issue any recommendation other than individual it considers appropriate.
The quality of editorial committee member is incompatible with:
– leadership, management or representation functions of a political party
– final convictions of imprisonment sentences related to the following areas:
- incitement to racial or tribal hatred or discrimination
- financing of political parties
- laundering or embezzlement
- corruption or influence peddling
6. Deontological principles
Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network only consider rigorous information from checked and reliable sources. Its members or collaborators shall refrain from any plagiarism, even minimal, or facts manipulation. Quotes or replicated words, to the extent permitted by law, must be placed between quotation marks and their origin specified.
Proofreading articles by the respondents is not allowed, unless the difficulty of the subject requires it and for the sole purpose of avoiding any factual or understanding errors. In this case, only the extract containing the words involved in the checking is transmitted to their author. If the respondent substantially alters the substance of his remarks, the article’s author should refuse publishing the results of the interview.
- Press trips
Press trips, supported by a third party for promotional purposes, remain exceptional and should be professionally justified. Participation in a trip does not involve the company’s commitment to subsequently publish a resulting work, and this condition must be clearly notified upon acceptance of the invitation.
- “Special envoy” indication
It is specifically requested that the company’s clients use the indication “special envoy” only in the case when the travel expenses were paid by the concerned publication.
Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network staff/employers or directors do not accept, as part of their professional relationships, any gift nor support for restoration costs from third parties, with the exception of those supported by the company’s clients or its collaborators. Collaborators are also subject to this restriction when they were informed prior to the completion of the work that could lead to the above-mentioned benefits, if it is intended solely to Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network. In other cases, collaborators are encouraged to deny benefits above-mentioned whenever they can. In case of products or equipment loan in order to achieve the realization, their provision may not exceed a period of three months.
- Rights of reply and corrections
Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network will correct any error in its publications or report their existence to its clients, regardless of the seriousness and time of its detection (up to two years after publication for print periodical press).Rights of reply are published in any publication of the company.Any journalist involved in the publication of a right of reply or correction must be advised prior to publication.In case of receipt by a Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network member or collaborator of a right of reply or correction request regarding a piece of information produced by or on behalf of the company and published by one or more of its clients, its receiver agrees to immediately inform the editorial committee or one of its members so that they forward the request to the relevant publications. The company is not responsible for their clients response to this request.
- Conflicts of interest
The company employees, or its collaborators as part of their collaboration with Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network, do not agree to deal with a subject around which appears a personal conflict of interest. They inform the Managing Editor, who will forward it if necessary to the recipients of the pieces of information concerned, of any private element that may interfere with their point of view on a subject on which they carry responsibility. The editorial committee may, on the basis of this information and if it deems it necessary, ask them not to deal with the subject in question, in favour of another Prime Media Africa Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network or one of its collaborators.Publishing Group T/A Prime Media Network and its collaborators as part of their work for the company, should clearly mention in any article published by a publisher for whom they regularly work this partnership with him.
- Logo and company name
The logo, the company name, its trade name or acronym should not be used in an incompatible setting with the statutory rules, the provisions of this charter or the values defined in the preamble of the company’s statute. In accordance with statutory provisions, the use of the above-mentioned elements is subject to the approval of the editorial committee.